Matthew Levin - Agoura Hills, California
Matthew reports, “I'm happy to share that I got my first major placement earlier this year. My song A Lingering Feeling was featured in this most recent season of Vice on Showtime back in March (as the final song of the season finale, too!). Ever since then, I have formed a pretty stable relationship with the catalog I signed the song with. I also have managed to score five more forwards, so fingers crossed for more continued success with TAXI!”
Congratulations, Matthew! Our fingers are crossed for you, as well, and we look forward to hearing about more new placements!
Joseph Dancsak - Los Angeles, California
Joseph wrote to tell us: “I just wanted to touch base with you, as I have been meaning to for quite a while. When I saw your post on Instagram about placements and deals the other day, it motivated me to reach out. From deals I’ve gotten through TAXI, I’ve had my songs and instrumentals placed in the following:
HBO - Girls (DVD)
Showtime - Ray Donovan
Lionsgate - Public Disturbance
MTV - Siesta Key
Netflix - The Sleepover (film)
VICE - Huang’s World
Amazon Prime - Yo Yo Whattup
I am now in a collaboration with a singer/producer named Aly George, and we have submitted a batch of our cover songs and received some forwards, but no placements yet—you can hear some of them on my TAXI profile. We call ourselves Joe/Aly, and we met while we were in a training program for audio engineers.
I like TAXI because I was able to get other songs signed with the publishing company after the first song they picked up opened the door. I’ve had a dozen placements in film/TV with that particular publisher, including the latest in Amazon’s Yo Yo Whattup.
I also have tracks signed with a publisher in the UK through a TAXI listing in 2019, and other tracks signed to a Canadian music library through another TAXI listing. That deal resulted in some placements on Vice and the show, Dude Perfect.”
Thomas E. Martin - Okeana, Ohio
From the publisher/label that Thomas signed with via TAXI: “Writing to let you know that Daddy’s Bond will be appearing in the Season Five premier of the CBS smash hit, Young Sheldon. The episode is called, One Bad Night and Chaos of Selfish Desires. This [aired] on 10/7… ! A major congrats to Tom, and of course, THANK YOU TAXI!!!”
Tom added, “Thanks for reaching out to me about this fun placement! The song that got placed in Young Sheldon was not the original forward from TAXI, but a song that was included in my catalog of songs the company bought from me, which of course was the result of a previous TAXI forward. So yes, it is because of TAXI that I am getting these placements, so thank you TAXI and [the label/publisher]!
I’m hopeful that over the coming months and years, the company will get synch placements for many more of the 30 songs they acquired from me. So far, four different songs have been synched into six different movies or TV programs for which I am thoroughly grateful.”
Great news Tom, and we have no doubt that you’ll get many more placements as a result of the 30 songs you signed with that terrific company!
Colette A. Fallon - Canby, Oregon
Here’s some great news from Colette: “In about the last 12 months, I’ve had eight instrumental songs signed by three different music libraries (two international and one domestic). Recently, one of the international music libraries selected four of my instrumental songs, to be used on two albums that were just released.
In the fall of 2020, I submitted two instrumental songs to a TAXI listing, asking for original Christmas Instrumentals. Both submissions were forwarded to the client by the TAXI screener. On February 20, 2021, I received a wonderful birthday gift …. my two instrumental songs were picked up and signed by the client, a Music Licensing Company located in Europe with a large international exposure. In August, 2021, I was contacted by the owner of the company, indicating they wanted to use the songs for two upcoming commercial albums. So, I thought, ‘Why not submit a couple more instrumentals?’ So, I submitted two additional instrumentals that I thought might be a good fit for their albums. Lo and behold, both songs were signed by the Company and were included on their Christmas album! Out of the 12 songs that were on the Christmas album, 3 of them were my songs…. that’s 25% of the album!! I was stunned and thrilled….and overwhelmed. The other song was put on an Autumn themed album. Both albums were recently released. The names of the songs are: At Bethlehem’s Door, Jingle on the Way, Fairy Dust, and Christmas Dreaming.
Other success due to TAXI: I was one of the composers chosen for the TAXI Top Ten for June, 2021. What a wonderful surprise and honor to be chosen! My instrumental meditation piece, Renascence, was featured.
In a little over a year, I have submitted approximately 95+ songs with 35+ songs forwarded. I have had eight instrumental songs signed by three different music licensing companies: 2 international and one domestic.
Due to my involvement with TAXI, it forced me to learn how to use computer software to write songs. I started with very little experience with computers, and no experience in using software to write music. Within about six months after joining TAXI, with a lot of hard work and working with a music coach, I was able to use the computer software to write music! And I keep learning and improving every day!!
My genre is primarily Instrumental Music: New Age, Meditation, Christmas, Neo Classical, Classical, Jazz, Children’s Music, All Genres of Piano (somber, sad, emotional, ambient, etc.).
While researching online for a venue for my music in early October of 2019, I stumbled across TAXI. It seemed like what TAXI offered was too good to be true. After some research, my husband Dave’s conclusion was that TAXI looked reputable, and we should investigate further. TAXI’s offer of a free “Rally” to its members was very appealing to us. So, we decided that I would become a member of TAXI and we should attend the Rally. We made the trek from Oregon with a few of my CDs containing some of my work. We had a lot of curiosity and great anticipation about what we were to encounter. So much happened during those days at the Rally.
In addition to meeting many people and attending many sessions at the Rally, there was one person who I met that changed my life – [fellow member] James Kocian. During one of his sessions I attended, he listened to and critiqued one of my songs. He was honest and direct. I contacted him after the Rally, asking him if he would coach me—he said ‘yes!’ I was very thrilled! And the rest is history!! James is tough, honest, and very patient with me. I had many days and nights spent in tears of frustration and, yes, I pulled some all-nighters just to get music ready for deadlines.
Then there are the TAXI screeners… I am so grateful for their critiques. They have helped me in this incredible journey to strive to become a better composer. Prior to TAXI, I didn’t have the opportunity to get my music in front of music libraries. TAXI offers that opportunity. TAXI offers so much for its members if you are willing to work hard, be humble, be teachable and be thankful. This is a dream come true for me. Even though I am in my ‘golden years,’ it’s never too late to reach for your dreams!”
Wow, what a great story Colette! All of us at TAXI are happy for you, and proud of you for taking the hard road and sticking with it until it began to pay off! We’re sure this won’t be the last success story we hear from you!!
Ned and Robin Selfe - Kalaheo, Hawaii
Ned told us, “We saw a listing back in January was for ORIGINAL, VINTAGE MAINSTREAM ROCK SONGS with Female Vocals that were RECORDED between 1980 and 1989. And, as it just so happens, I had exactly that in the vault. Turns out that TAXI thought it was good and forwarded it, and the company liked it, and the next thing you know we were discussing whether there was more of the same (which there was!).
After some back and forth about details and legal bits, we got an offer we thought was really fair and signed a deal. Shortly after that, we heard that they already managed to land a placement on a major network TV series… that airs this week!?!
My wife Robin and I are pretty thrilled (did I mention she also happens to be the co-writer and lead vocalist on the tracks?) Not only did we see the debut of Robin & The Rocks on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, etc., last week, we’re cooking up the popcorn in preparation for watching our music appear on national TV.
No matter what happens going forward, we are so proud that music we recorded nearly 40 years ago is getting the recognition we always thought it deserved. Thanks to TAXI for hooking us up with a great publisher and label! According to them, our song ‘Future Reference’ will be appearing in episode 503 of Young Sheldon, which airs on CBS, on 10/21/21.”
Wow, belated congratulations to ALL! I love when it all falls in place so well. Great music and a great publisher that we are very proud to be friends and business buddies with. I wish everybody in the business was such a joy to work with :-) Congratulations to all involved!
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David Starck - Paris, France
David let us know, “I was a TAXI member for four or five years, I believe, and just wanted to say, ‘thank you’! I am a full-time composer now, and have been for five years. I have 90+ pages of Royalties on my BMI/SACEM statements, and it all started with you guys.
I would be happy to 'testify' and share this with all composers that once were like me... wondering if TAXI is legit or not.
You can see in my website that I have been busy, with placements in more than 100 TV Shows, and TV commercials for Google and Toyota.
This specific deal was a music supervisor looking for tension cues for a TV show. Then the first contact email was in my SPAM folder. The supervisor contacted me and asked me to pitch that particular cue to the editors/production. Then she asked me if I could write more. That was seven years ago, and I’ve had hundreds of placements on numerous TV shows with this one contact alone, that became a very good friend over time. It was really the snowball effect, with one show leading to another
My favorite thing about TAXI (except the fact that it was in fact the starting point of my musical career) is that it forced me to be disciplined, organized, attentive to feedback. It also taught me a lot about rejection and how to grow and learn from it.”
That’s a great story, David! Congratulations and thanks for mentioning the snowball effect!
Greg Johnson - Spring Hill, Tennessee
Greg wrote to tell us this cool story; “I come from a background of writing country songs in Nashville. I spent a little over 20 years in music city and was blessed to hold a staff writer position for most of those years. I had many cuts and even a Grammy nomination. I say all that to say that I was so programmed to write that style in that way that in order to learn to COMPOSE for film and TV I had to UNLEARN years of habits. I’ve been a TAXI member for six months now, and just signed my first composition to a music library. I’ve submitted to listings every week for those six months and have just gotten a handful of things forwarded. I don't know if that’s better or worse than average and I don't really care. What I DO care about is taking to heart the critique of every song that was returned and using it as a learning tool to better my craft. TAXI has a system that CAN get you in the door, and even teach an old dog new tricks!!!
I received notice [from TAXI] that a song of mine had been forwarded, and about an hour later I heard from the music library. The library attached the agreement and I spent some time looking it over and all the points were acceptable. They had me create some alt mixes, and by the end of the next day the whole thing was done. Very fast.
Having only been a member for six months, I’ve had five forwards out of about 25 submissions. I’ve learned so much that I expect my forward rate to improve, because I knew so little about this when I started.
My favorite thing about TAXI is the constant stream of opportunity, and the critiques you can use to improve and up your chances for success! It really is a great system for those who are willing to take the time and stick with it!”
Congrats on getting your first deal so quickly, Greg! How cool!! And thanks for the kind words about the opportunities and educational aspects of TAXI. We love when new members “get it” so quickly!
Victor Koletchko - Alberta, Canada
Victor and his co-writers are experienced producers of music for media, and have signed with catalogs all over the globe. He decided to use TAXI to primarily focus on getting some traction in the U.S. market. As of now, Victor has already signed 24 contracts with four great music licensing companies.
Quoting Victor, here, “One of the companies liked my ethnic material [found via TAXI], but ordered similar (not exactly what was screened) tracks. It resulted in signing four tracks. Just recently, based on previous ethnic material, the whole volume of Klezmer music in different languages was requested—three were already screened and are ready to be signed. Kind of chain reaction.
I have extremely sizable catalogs with those publishers—it kind of opens the door to proactive pitching to the catalogs handled by those companies— a great situation for me and my co-writers.
We are active globally (not neophytes for sure), and selling activity to some exotic locations. For example, an Arabiada-style symphopop song in English for the United Arab Emirates—commissioned by the city of Abu Dhabi.
Asserting ourselves in the U.S. market (the center of the music universe) is a huge thing for me and my partners. Once I have the list of sales, placements, contractual buyouts by labels related to my presence on TAXI—I will share with gratitude.”
Great news Victor, and we’re so glad TAXI could help you break into the U.S. market! Thanks for the update, and please let us know when those signings become placements!
Michael Skovgaard Rasmussen - Middelfart, Denmark
Here’s a really cool report from Michael. “A couple of years ago I submitted a lot of drone instrumentals to get your comments on those tracks, and I still believe to this day that that made me understand how to write tracks that accelerate and make a scene work.
Without TAXI, I couldn't have done it. I am very grateful, and please extend my gratitude to all of the screeners. Their comments are gold. And please forward my sincere apology for what I have put them through in the past. I do hope their ears have recovered, haha!
During the last 18 month I have made far more deals than I had hoped for, and I have made great relationships with libraries. I could not have done this without TAXI and the support and professional comments from the screeners.
I am now writing as many tracks as I can for listings and also building my own library to present when a Music Library shows interest in my tracks. Never stop writing!”